Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A walk down memory lane – the beginning of our Asian study

Over the past couple of weeks we have been studying Asia as a part of our general introduction into world geography (before we go on to specific countries). Before our summer break we had just completed Africa.

As a lead into our study about the continent the boys and I first took a little walk down memory lane, just like we did in preparing for our African study. You see Asia, and more specifically, Israel, hold some very dear memories for us! Israel is, as for many major world religions, the Holy Land and place of pilgrimage for Bahá’ís. It also happens to the place I have spent 9 years of my life (7 with my husband, 2 with my parents when I was child), and it is the spot where both of my sweet boys were born. So, lots of memories!

Shrine of the Bab, Haifa, IsraelShrine of the Bab, Haifa, Israel Shrine of the Bab at sunset, Haifa, Israel

{images of the Shrine of the Báb and terrace gardens around it – a Bahá’í Holy Place in Haifa, Israel}

Below are images taken from our apartment in Haifa.Shrine of the Bab and Haifa at night {The Shrine of the Báb at sunset} The Arc Buildings, Haifa, Israel
{Bahá’í buildings and gardens}
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{our last Haifa sunset before leaving our home of 7 years}

We loved living in Israel, and miss it often. While there we tried to see as much of the country as was possible. Despite its small size, there is SO much to see because every step you take (literally) there is a piece of history. There are some historical sites where you can actually view the layers of different civilizations that were built on top of each other.

In Bet She'an, Israel

{3 year old Rylan running down an ancient Roman street}

In Akko, Israel

In Akko, Israel

We also visited many of the other religious holy places in Israel.

Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Old Jerusalem, Israel {The Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in Old Jerusalem}

Church of the Beatitudes, Israel

{The Church of the Beatitudes on the Sea of Galilee}

Tomorrow I will share the learning activities that we did during our study of Asia.

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